Who We Are

Bend the Arc Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Mamie Kanfer Stewart

Chair

Mamie Kanfer Stewart is the Founder and CEO of Starling, an early stage venture developing software that enables greater team alignment. Previously, she served as Director of WOWV during which she consulted with non-profit organizations on staffing and strategic planning.

Rabbi Felicia L. Sol

Born in 1971, Rabbi Sol was raised in Connecticut. Following her graduation from Tufts University, where she received a BA in Developmental Psychology and Education she received an MA degree in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. During the course of her studies she spent a year at HUC-JIR in Jerusalem. She received her Masters of Hebrew Letters in 1996 and rabbinic ordination in 1999 from HUC-JIR in New York City.

Eli Staub

Eli Staub is deputy director of research at the Service Employees International Union, where he has worked as a campaigner and strategist since 2004. He has helped build a wide range of independent Jewish organizations, including serving on the board of Jews United for Justice from 2004 - 2007 and as a founding member of the havurah of Tikkun Leil Shabbat.

Howard Welinsky

Howard Welinsky has been a long time advocate to support Higher Education in California, co-founded the California Coalition for Public Higher Education. Howard served for 11 years on the California Postsecondary Education Commission. Howard, Chair of Democrats for Israel, Los Angeles since 1992 has been a key advocate for Israel within the Democratic party, both nationally and in California.

Members

Marc L. Baum

Marc L. Baum is Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for Serengeti Asset Management. Prior to joining Serengeti, Marc Baum was the General Counsel and a Partner of Offit Capital Advisors and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee.

Tonda Case

Tonda Case is an Afro-American/Black Jewish Woman, strategic thinker, writer, activist and educator. As a Senior Advisor with Amazon Connections, she uses performance metrics to create strategies that help develop highly engaged, dynamic leaders across Amazon’s network in North America. Prior to Amazon, Tonda owned Greenwood Babies, a kosher daycare and Family Support and Education Consultancy offering postpartum doula services, child care, training and loving support for families in the Bay Area.

Liz Dunst

Liz Dunst is a long-time member of Temple Sinai, DC, where she served on the Board for many years, was the President of the Temple, and has just returned as the Treasurer of the Congregation. Liz served as the Chair of the Social Action Committee of the Congregation and is particularly honored to have been the Chair when we established Sinai House, a transitional facility for the homeless in the DC area.

Julie Fernandes

Julie Fernandes is the Advocacy Director for Voting Rights and Democracy at the Open Society Foundations where she works to influence public policy in support of the protection of civil and human rights in the United States.  Prior to her current position, Fernandes was Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she was responsible for oversight of the Division’s voting rights program.  For more than six years, Fernandes was the Senior Counsel at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

Shayna Gelender

Shayna is the Managing Director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California where ensures that staff, board, and volunteers are effectively trained, supervised, and supported such that they consistently produce high-quality work to advance civil liberties and grow the organization. For the past fifteen years, Shayna has worked for the ACLU of Northern California in various positions: Youth Advocate, Field Assistant, Field Coordinator, Organizer, and Organizing Director.

Rabbi Susan Goldberg

Rabbi Susan Goldberg came to Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Koreatown in 2013. A fourth-generation Angeleno, she is thrilled to continue her focus on renewing LA’s east-side Jewish community to help it once again be an active part of the multicultural beauty of these neighborhoods. She brings a spiritual depth and intellectual rigor to her rabbinate. Rabbi Susan served as a revitalizing rabbi for Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock and as rabbi in residence for East Side Jews a project of the Silverlake Independent JCC. Her leadership has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Lilith Magazine, Pasadena Magazine, the Jewish Journal, and on Southern California Public Radio.

Michael J. Kuhn

Michael Kuhn was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1935. He obtained his B.S and C.P.A from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana Illinois. Michael moved to Dallas, Texas in 1961 to form a C.P.A. firm and later became President of a hospitality group that built hotels throughout the U.S. In 1978, he moved to Austin, Texas to operate the Stephen F. Austin Hotel. He formed a real estate management company, Dimension Properties, Inc., which he currently operates. Michael is married to Alice J. Kuhn, and is the father of three sons.

Yavilah McCoy

Yavilah McCoy is the CEO of the international diversity consulting group, VISIONS Inc. in Boston. She is an educator, activist and spiritual teacher who has worked extensively within multi-faith communities to increase racial justice and expand equity and inclusion. Yavilah is a certified coach for the Auburn Theological Seminary's Pastoral Coach Training Program and a fellow for Auburn’s Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle. Yavilah was voted one of “16 Faith Leaders to Watch” by the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC.

Paulette Meyer

Paulette has worked in the progressive movement for more than three decades on women’s rights, human rights, civic engagement, economic development, and philanthropy. She has held positions in foundations and nonprofit organizations, had a philanthropic consulting practice, and served on many nonprofit boards.

Rabbi Sydney Mintz

Rabbi Sydney Mintz was ordained in 1997 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where she progressed through the Jerusalem, Los Angeles and New York campuses. Rabbi Mintz has served on the Reform Movement's Commission on Social Action, the Board of the Brandeis Hillel Day School and the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis, the Rabbinic Advisory Councils of Shalom Bayit-the San Francisco Jewish Domestic Violence Board and the Jewish Community High School of the Bay.

Sue Reinhold

Sue Reinhold, Ph.D. is a social entrepreneur who founded North Berkeley Investment Partners, an independent investment advisory firm in Berkeley, California. North Berkeley grew from its founding in 2005 to 250 clients with $275M assets under management in 2016. At North Berkeley, Sue managed the overall investment process, which was in part oriented towards socially responsible investments. She also took the lead in the business on marketing, communication, and business strategy.

Stephen Rohde

Stephen Rohde is a constitutional lawyer, lecturer, writer and political activist. He is the Chair of Bend the Arc, Chair of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, a founder and current Vice-Chair of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace and Chair of Death Penalty Focus. He is a past president of the Beverly Hills Bar Association.

Andrea Rubenstein

Andrea Rubenstein lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She joined the Board of Bend the Arc as a representative of one of its first two affiliates, Jewish Community Action.

Phyllis Teicher Goldman

Phyllis Teicher Goldman has dedi­cated both her profes­sional career and volun­teer work to helping organizations in the social justice and human rights sectors. In her current role as a prin­cipal of G&S Consulting she assists orga­ni­za­tions to achieve sustain­able growth through the imple­men­ta­tion of best prac­tices in devel­op­ment, commu­ni­ca­tions, and gover­nance. Previously, Phyllis was vice pres­i­dent for external affairs at the American Jewish World Service, and prior to that was the senior devel­op­ment exec­u­tive at the New Israel Fund.

Terry Winograd

Terry Winograd has recently become Professor Emeritus in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University.  During his 40 years of teaching and research he created and directed the Human-Computer Interaction Group and the teaching and research program in Human-Computer Interaction Design. He was a founding faculty member of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (d.school) and of the Liberation Technology Project  at the Center for Development, Democracy, and the Rule of Law.